Pittsburgh Steelers’ Team President Art Rooney II can be one in all a number of audio system through the upcoming fifth annual Quarterback Coaching Summit, the NFL recently announced in a press launch. According to the discharge, the discussion board “will provide a platform to help prepare, educate, and identify quality minority candidates across the league.” The summit will happen June twenty first by way of the twenty third.
Rooney can be one in all 5 audio system to host a panel through the occasion. Others talking on the QB summit embody: Colts’ OC Marcus Brady, Bills’ DC Leslie Frazier, Texans’ OC Pep Hamilton, and 49ers’ DC Demeco Ryans.
“We want to continue to create opportunities for some of the best and brightest football minds around the country to display their knowledge to NFL club leadership and media,” stated Doug Williams, the primary black quarterback to win a Super Bowl.
The QB teaching summit can be held along with the second annual Ozzie Newsome General Manager Forum the place Newsome and different well-known names like 49ers’ GM John Lynch can be talking.
The NFL has made an enormous push in recent times for extra various teaching staffs, particularly after dealing with heavy criticism for not having sufficient minority head coaches within the league. For 2022, there are solely 4: Mike Tomlin, Lovie Smith, Robert Saleh, and Mike McDaniel. This yr, the league required groups to rent at the least one minority assistant coach on the offensive facet of the soccer since most head coaches are offensive-minded. Pittsburgh has two in assistant OL Coach Isaac Williams and assistant QB Coach David Corley. Pittsburgh has additionally employed interns for the Bill Walsh Fellowship, together with Akron CB Coach Tre’ Bell, who we lately interviewed.
As we profiled earlier at the moment, the Rooney’s and Steelers have been on the forefront of range candidates. Notable hires embody scout Bill Nunn, head coach Mike Tomlin, and new GM Omar Khan, whose mother and father come from Honduras and India. Pittsburgh had one simply two black gamers within the league throughout their inaugural 1933 season, OL Ray Kemp, who performed in a handful of video games for the then-called Pittsburgh Pirates. The NFL wouldn’t have one other black participant till Kenny Washington in 1946 and the Steelers didn’t reintegrate till 1952, a subject we wrote about two years in the past.
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The Rooney Rule was named after Dan Rooney with the mission of accelerating the variety of minority candidates interviewed for high-profile jobs, although the league nonetheless has work to do in that regard.